Monday 3rd August
Main Lesson Plan
Summary of Yesterday's Story
Draw a picture from Friday's story in your main lesson book (large blue or purple book).
When David and the Israelites returned from slaying the Philistines, David was praised much more than Saul. This made Saul jealous and he worried that David might steal his rulership. Saul feared David and no longer allowed him to stay near him. Instead, he made David a commander over a thousand men. David was wise and successful. The people loved him and this made Saul even more fearful of him.
Saul’s daughter also loved David and when Saul discovered this, he was pleased, for he believed that she might lead him to his destruction. Therefore, he secretly sent servants to tell David that Saul was pleased with him and that he could marry his daughter. However, David replied that he was too poor to marry the daughter of a king. Upon hearing this, Saul said to David that required no money for his daughter, only proof that David had killed one hundred Philistines. He hoped by setting this task, that David would get himself killed. However, David succeeded, married Saul’s daughter and all of this made Saul fear David even more.
So, Saul commanded his son Jonathan and all his servants to put David to death. But Jonathan was very fond of David and told his father not to sin against him for he had done nothing wrong. Hearing Jonathan, Saul promised not to harm David.
War broke out again and David was so victorious that the Philistines fled before him. Saul became overcome by the evil spirit of God and attacked David. David escaped with the help of his wife, who hid a statue of the household god in the bed with a pillow of goat’s hair in his place.
David went and found Jonathan and asked him what he had done to deserve the wrath of Saul. When Jonathan assured him that his father would tell him, David reminded him that Saul knew of his affection and would hide such intentions.
They devised a plan together to find out if Saul still wished to kill David. David ran away, but told Jonathan to tell his father at the feast, if he asked, that he had been given permission to go to Bethlehem for a yearly sacrifice. If Saul became angry upon hearing the news, then they would know he still wanted David dead.
David was to hid himself in a field and Jonathon told him that if he shot arrows beyond a heap of stones and cried out to his serving boy to fetch them beyond, then this would be a sign that David should flee. Saul was indeed angry, and Jonathan gave David the signal to run away.
Create a quiet space to listen to this story. Make sure that there is nothing in your hands and that you are comfortable. Play the music or you can sing if you remember the song as you light your candle.
(Arranged by Catherine Delanoy)